Ro Khanna Calls Out Democratic House Campaign Arm
Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) is not happy with the campaign arm of House Democrats. The DCCC, chaired by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), recently said they would blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. Khanna, Vice Chair of the Progressive Caucus, said that the rule is an egregious assault against the progressive wing of the party. “Let’s be clear. If this policy remains in place, it will mean that we will not allow new Ayanna Pressleys or AOCs to emerge. It’s simply wrong,” Khanna said. “It’s also hypocritical for a party that champions strong antitrust. The DCCC is acting as a monopoly by saying that anyone who does business with them can’t do business with any competition. It’s the classic antitrust violation and an unfair restraint on trade.” Khanna said he and fellow Caucus leadership, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), met with Bustos to express their disdain for the new policy. “This unprecedented grab of power is a slap in the face of Democratic voters across the nation,” Khanna told The Intercept. “Voters are sick of the status quo holding on to power and stifling new voices. They are sick of D.C. politicians who care more about holding on to power than a true competition of ideas.” The DCCC’s new memorandum lays out robust new rules to ensure the diversity of private firms it works with on campaigns, but that effort has been overshadowed by this controversy. The DCCC notes that the policy would apply equally to protecting left-leaning incumbents like Congresswomen Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as it would to some of the more conservative House members. More here.